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Turning a Barnfind Into a Driver

It’s every car enthusiast’s dream to participate in a barnfind. To discover a car of their childhood, a rare and highly sought after muscle car that had been stowed away in a garage (or front yard) for decades, or just a cool car that seems unloved and underappreciated.

Unfortunately, the reality is that regardless of the kind of car it is, or how rare it is, it’s still an old car. It’s been sitting in the same spot, languishing in someone’s garage or driveway, possibly for decades. So, what if you find one, and it looks good enough to drive? Muscle Car Review published an article outlining this very situation of finding a vehicle that’s been stowed away for decades, and what to do if you want to drive it.

Photo courtesy of carsinbarns.blogspot.com

The article really drives home the need for a plan:
Start your path to revival by asking why the car was parked. Did it stop running or just get sidelined? Anything you can learn will help you fix the original problem. Beyond that, a host of things should be replaced before attempting to drive a barn find. Tires, fuel lines, and brakes need attention to make sure that your barn find doesn’t result in a junkyard donation.”

It’s every car enthusiast’s dream to participate in a barnfind. To discover a car of their childhood, a rare and highly sought after muscle car that had been stowed away in a garage (or front...

1972 Chevy Nova - One-Owner Project Car

Time has a way of changing most things in life. As the years pass, new relationships form, families grow, career paths develop, and hobbies change. That's why it's so impressive to come across a one-owner classic car. Over the course of four and a half decades, most people go through several vehicles. It takes a special individual to stay dedicated to one car for that long.

This 1972 Chevy Nova belongs to D.J. Jimenez of Garden Grove, California. He tells us he is the original owner, and after all this time, he knows every inch of the car. D.J. recently retired, so he plans to utilize some of his newly-acquired free time to restore it.

D.J.'s Nova might not look like it needs much restoration, since he has kept it in excellent shape over the years. The stock 350ci V8 was worn out after 20 years of use, and D.J. dropped in a replacement 350 engine, which has served him well for over 40,000 miles. The car has retained its rare original floor-shift Saginaw 3-speed manual.

Time has a way of changing most things in life. As the years pass, new relationships form, families grow, career paths develop, and hobbies change. That's why it's so impressive to come across a...

Buick Regal Catalogs Now Available

Classic Industries, the recognized leader in the restoration parts industry, has recently announced the addition of 1978-87 Buick Regals catalog line. From its aggressive design to the well-fortified option list; the 2nd generation Buick Regal’s popularity has always been steady.

Classic Industries, the recognized leader in the restoration parts industry, has recently announced the addition of 1978-87 Buick Regals catalog line. From its aggressive design to the...

1967 Chevy Caprice - Pristine Cruiser

While some have jokingly referred to the full-size Chevy coupes and sedans of the late '60s and early '70s as "land yachts", no one can deny that these sleek cruisers exude style. The long hoods, sweeping rear haunches, big V8 engines, and bright chrome trim on these classic Chevy models remind us of a time when extravagance and luxury was par for the course.

The 1967 Chevy Caprice pictured here belongs to Mike Forster, of Fountain Valley, California. Believe it or not, this car is almost entirely unrestored. Mike's uncle purchased the car new from the dealer, and put just 48,000 miles on the car since then.

While some have jokingly referred to the full-size Chevy coupes and sedans of the late '60s and early '70s as "land yachts", no one can deny that these sleek cruisers exude style. The long hoods,...

Mopar Restoration Parts Web Portal

Mopar has partnered with Classic Industries to introduce a new Restoration Parts Web Portal that will allow customers to resource and buy Mopar-licensed restoration parts for classic Mopars. This is a most welcome resource, as searching for restoration parts that are high quality; authentically licensed products can be a challenge.The new Mopar restoration parts page, seen above, prominently features Classic Industries as the leading source for restoration parts and accessories. Users of this new site can download the latest Classic Industries Mopar parts catalog with a single click.

Mopar has partnered with Classic Industries to introduce a new Restoration Parts Web Portal that will allow customers to resource and buy Mopar-licensed restoration parts for classic Mopars. This...

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Restoration - Reliving the Sublime

It's always tough to let go of a car you love, but sometimes these decisions become necessary. When we spoke to John Schwarz, of Huntington Beach, California, he told us about the 1970 Barracuda he owned in high school. When he graduated, John didn't want to sell the car, but he also wanted to go to college and improve his job prospects, so he made the tough decision to let it go and put the cash towards his education.

Ever since he sold his first Barracuda, John wanted to find another. In the summer of 2016, his hard work finally paid off, and he was able to purchase the 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda seen here from a friend. Thanks to his patience, he ended up with a car that's even nicer than the one he had back in high school.

It's always tough to let go of a car you love, but sometimes these decisions become necessary. When we spoke to John Schwarz, of Huntington Beach, California, he told us about the 1970 Barracuda...

Barn Find: 1987 Regal Grand Nationals

Checking the 1987 Regal Grand Nationals Barn Find - Photo Courtesy of GM EFI Magazine

It’s every automotive enthusiast’s dream to come upon a barn find. Back in the day, someone would literally find untouched classics in barns that had been forgotten by time for decades. Finding cars in an actual barn is rare these days—they’re more like “garage finds”, but everything else is still the same. So, imagine the excitement William Avila felt when he opened up a garage one day to reveal not one, but two 1987 Buick Grand Nationals—both with under 1000 miles, sequentially numbered. They’re essentially twins! However, they weren’t perfectly preserved, as William explains to GM EFI Magazine:

Checking the 1987 Regal Grand Nationals Barn Find - Photo Courtesy of GM EFI Magazine

It’s every automotive enthusiast’s dream to come upon a barn find. Back in the day, someone would literally...

2010-Up Camaro Catalog

Classic Industries 2010-Up Camaro Pace Cars

The 2010-Up Camaro is more popular now than when it was first introduced in 2010. Perfectly blending the modern with the classic, the 5th and 6th generation Camaros benefit from a large, but diverse ownership. Like any other enthusiasts, the latest generation of F-Bodies owners run the gamut from mild to wild when it comes to fixing up their rides. As the recognized leader in restoration parts, Classic Industries is always the go-to place for classic Camaros. We understand—it’s expected of us, but we’re so much more than that! Not only are we well versed in classics, but we also possess a vast inventory of 2010-Up Camaro parts and accessories!

Classic Industries 2010-Up Camaro Pace Cars

The 2010-Up Camaro is more popular now than when it was first introduced in 2010. Perfectly blending the modern with the classic, the 5th and 6th...

California Mustang is Now Part of Classic Industries!

If you were at the latest Fabulous Fords Forever car show at Knott’s Berry Farm, or saw our Facebook live coverage of the California Mustang Meet-Up last weekend, you may have wondered about the presence of Classic Industries at these events. You’re probably saying to yourself: “They only sell GM and Mopar parts, right? What are they doing here?”

Well, if we seemed out of place, take another look—we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be, because Classic Industries has just recently purchased the California Mustang group, which consists of: California Mustang Parts, California Muscle Parts, and Highway Classics.

If you were at the latest Fabulous Fords Forever car show at Knott’s Berry Farm, or saw our Facebook live coverage of the California Mustang Meet-Up last weekend, you may have wondered about the...

1966 Mustang Convertible - Fire Up the Emberglo

Great news for Ford fans: California Mustang is now part of the Classic Industries family! If you're looking for Mustang parts and accessories, check out Cal-Mustang.com.

In the world of classic vehicles, there are quite a few people who may be considered knowledgeable about any given model, especially a model as popular as the first-generation Ford Mustang. A knowledgeable person can pretty much tell you what year your vehicle is by looking at the front grill or an identifiable detail. That's more than most casual onlookers could ascertain.

Great news for Ford fans: California Mustang is now part of the Classic Industries family! If you're looking for Mustang parts and accessories, check out Cal-Mustang.com.

In the world of classic...